As Executive Director, Wellington Chen is responsible for guiding the overall direction of the Chinatown Partnership, including strategic planning, setting policy, and serving as the public representative of the organization.
Wellington is a highly respected public servant and long-time community advocate, urban planner and urban affairs specialist. As senior consultant/advisor of the Planning Advocacy Group for the past decade, Mr. Chen--a long-time Flushing resident--has been deeply involved in numerous community projects, including the downtown Flushing revitalization plan. Wellington was also the first Asian American to serve as a Commissioner on the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals. Mr. Chen co-founded Tri Plus Construction Corporation in 1989, a company dedicated to creating affordable housing in New York City.
An architect by training, Wellington worked for renowned architect I.M. Pei from 1980 to 1985. He has been a member of Community Board 7Q for over 13 years, and currently sits on a dozen other boards, including the City University of New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queens Economic Development Corporation, and Asian American/Asian Research Institute. Wellington was born in Taiwan and grew up in Singapore, Hong Kong and Brazil.